Special teams again helps secure victory for Trojans

first_imgThe talk following Friday’s game might have been junior quarterback Matt Barkley’s play and record-breaking performance with six touchdown passes.Youth movement · Freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee finished with 130 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first two-touchdown game. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanBut USC’s special teams’ play has arguably been one of the Trojans’ biggest strengths this season. Entering the game, junior left tackle Matt Kalil was responsible for two blocked field-goal attempts and two point-after attempts. On Friday night, the Trojans blocked two field-goal attempts, giving them a total of four blocked field-goal attempts and two point-after attempts through nine games this season.“We always try to go for the ball,” Kalil said. “It was definitely a momentum-changer for them not getting any points on those two drives and it helped us score [after those blocks].”Kentucky holds the record for blocked field-goal attempts in a single season (2004) with six. Senior fullback Rhett Ellison got a hand on placekicker Will Oliver’s 31-yard attempt in the second quarter and redshirt freshman tight end Randall Telfer blocked a 37-yard attempt early in the third quarter.“We studied their [special teams],” Telfer said. “We figured there was a weak link. We lined up and knew where to go. I was surprised he was kicking line drives. It kind of caught me by surprise, but I took advantage of it.”—The play of Barkley and his top targets — sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods and freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee — might have overshadowed the play of the Trojans’ running game. USC gained 243 yards on the ground on 33 carries, an average of more than seven yards per carry.Because senior tailback Marc Tyler did not play, USC coach Lane Kiffin employed a three-back rotation. Junior tailback Curtis McNeal notched 10 carries for 87 yards but left the game early because of a thigh contusion. Redshirt freshman tailback D.J. Morgan had nine carries for 56 yards and freshman tailback Amir Carlisle finished with 10 carries for 90 yards, two receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown.Carlisle, who entered the game with just two rushes for 14 yards, was the recipient of Barkley’s sixth touchdown pass. Carlisle’s 19-yard score in the fourth quarter was also the first of his USC career.“Coach called my number and I made the most of it,” Carlisle said. “The offensive line did a great job. It was a total team effort and it felt great to get in there and contribute.”—Carlisle’s play was not the only significant contribution from USC freshmen. The Trojans started a total of five true freshmen — Lee, offensive guard Marcus Martin, linebackers Lamar Dawson and Tre Madden and kicker Andre Heidari — and seven total freshmen including Telfer and linebacker Hayes Pullard, who redshirted last season.“Almost everybody making plays is young,” Kiffin said. “Look at the touchdowns on offense — Amir Carlisle, a true freshman, Marqise Lee, a true freshman, Xavier Grimble — and then on the defensive side of the ball, three linebackers making plays that are freshmen. The future is very bright.”Madden and Dawson made their first career starts at USC. Because freshman linebacker Dion Bailey was out with an injury, Madden replaced him in the starting lineup. As for Dawson, the coaching staff elected to start him rather than senior Chris Galippo.“After last game, we saw [Dawson] had been playing well,” Kiffin said. “We wanted to see what he looked like.”—Quick hits– With the win, USC is now 6-0 all-time against Colorado.– Colorado’s touchdown in the first quarter was the first touchdown scored by the Buffaloes against USC in the three matchups between the two teams in Boulder.– Matt Barkley became the first quarterback in USC history to throw five touchdown passes or more on four separate occasions.last_img read more

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GECOM CEO claims he was with his lawyer

first_imgAlleged disappearing act– avoided taking calls for hours as objection deadline nearedGuyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield has revealed that his lawyer is his alibi for him being unavailable for hours prior to the deadline for nominators’ names to be removed from disputed lists.Lowenfield was asked about his whereabouts on September 26, 2018, when desperate attempts to reach him failed. At the time he supposedly went missing, persons were reportedly being prevented from removing their names from nominator lists they claim they were fraudulently included on.This has since resulted in another court challenge being filed against GECOM, where one Shafraz Beekham and 49 other persons are seeking the removal of their names. Commenting on the matter, the CEO claimed that Beekham was not on any list, but declined to elaborate further until a “later date.”As regards his absence, Lowenfield claimed that he was in a meeting with his lawyer on the exact date of the deadline for persons to remove their names. The CEO further explained that during these meetings, he customarily turns off his phone.GECOM CEO Keith Lowenfield“I receive daily about 550 calls, not only from Commissioners. I deal with all Guyanese who call me… the [Returning Officers] ROs were adhering to the letter of the law. So I don’t know what was there that the Commissioners couldn’t find me to clarify. I’ll tell you where I went. I was taken to court on the issue of gerrymandering.”“The new legal system says we have to go through your lawyer and supply an affidavit to them to submit. Now my affidavit was supposed to have been submitted. So I had to make time to ensure that I can make a defence of the office of CEO, even while nominations are going on… when I’m with the lawyer, I’m not taking calls, because I have a [Deputy Chief Elections Officer] DCEO, an ACEO, ROs. If the issue is no Lowenfield, no elections, I want to dispel that.”Lowenfield went on to insist that GECOM has a structure and that even if persons could not reach him, they had the option of making contact with his Deputy Chief Elections Officer or any other subordinate official for assistance.But in the court documents of the aforementioned case, it is noted that when contacted, DCEO Roxanne Myers had deferred the candidates’ complaints to Lowenfield, who she also could not reach. Notwithstanding this contradiction, Lowenfield struck a defiant note to the political parties, aggrieved candidates and nominators who complained of his absence.“I don’t have to be standing at the beck and call of anyone to say what the processes are. Anybody! The law is clear. I don’t know why you (media) wrote that I was lost… disappearing act at the eleventh hour. From Nomination Day the contestants ought to know the rules of the game as they are. Those are the rules, not my rules. The law says that.”“Prior to Nomination Day, we explained to the contestants the criteria and all the subsets, I mentioned before, that today (Nomination Day) you submit, you submit in two copies, the original stays here, we affix in a conspicuous location your copies so that all and sundry can see this list belongs to (respective party). The law says that. And everything we did to bring closure to the nomination process is fixated in the laws.”It had been reported previously that at a meeting between Commissioners on September 25, 2018, it was confirmed that the deadline for the submission of the statutory affidavits to remove names that were fraudulently added to lists was at 23:55h on September 26, 2018.That was before these electors reportedly received a hard time from Returning Officers who reportedly refused to remove person’s names from the list when requested. This is despite the fact that these persons complained of either being tricked into signing the lists or their signatures even being forged.To compound the matter, the CEO was allegedly out of touch, absent from his office and could not be reached personally or by telephone to give any directions to the offending ROs after 14:30h on September 26.In the absence of the CEO, the DCEO, Roxanne Myers, was reportedly contacted in her office and indicated that she could not give any instructions to the ROs without first conferring with the CEO of GECOM who she was also unable to contact.Meanwhile, Lowenfield informed the media that ballots, Statements of Poll and tally sheets are currently being prepared for November 12 election day. He related that the official lists of voters’ total 573,923 electors and that there will be 1684 polling stations in use across the 80 Local Authority Areas.last_img read more

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Tottenham vs PSV: Champions League preview and confirmed line-ups

first_img 2 Tottenham’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread as they head into their fourth group stage match against PSV Eindhoven.The Dutch side scored a late equaliser against Spurs two weeks ago to snatch a 2-2 draw which left Mauricio Pochettino’s side starring European elimination in the face. Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be eliminated if they lose to PSV and Inter Milan beat Barcelona Latest Champions League News 2 ready? Aiming high 📋 | PSV XILet’s make this night one to remember! #TOTPSV pic.twitter.com/L3JKsm2g1n— PSV International (@psveindhoven) November 6, 2018 #THFC: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Eriksen, Dele, Lucas, Son, Kane (C). Match odds from @WilliamHill – https://t.co/1et4xkHHGi #COYS pic.twitter.com/RoiMnBjew5— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 6, 2018 Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Tottenham and PSV sit on one point apiece as they both lost their opening matches against Barcelona and Inter, meanwhile the Spanish giants have nine points and the Italians have six.Spurs now need other results to go their way, as well as a remarkable turnaround in their own European form, in order to qualify for the knockout stages.However, PSV are in exactly the same situation and will be no soft touch on Tuesday night. on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Mauricio Pochettino remained upbeat in his press conference Confirmed line-ups What the managers are sayingMauricio Pochettino: “We all feel disappointed because we cannot deliver the possibility of playing the Champions League in our new stadium, but it wasn’t in our hands, there were many things that complicated it. It is impossible to blame the club.“If we are able to win tomorrow and have the possibility to go to the next stage maybe we can play in the Champions League in March in the new stadium.” BOOST last_img read more

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Penza: What have we learned in the first half of the high school football season?

first_imgEntering the 2017 high school football season, we knew these three things to be true.Eureka had a lot to replace and, subsequently, would be leaning on more than just a few of young and inexperienced players.Fortuna returned just about everybody from and uncharacteristic sub-.500 season.St. Bernard’s had a new starting quarterback, but weren’t expecting any kind of drop off from a 2016 campaign where it played for a North Coast Section title. As we sit at the midway point of the …last_img read more

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Steve Kerr takes the blame, plus 4 more takeaways from the Warriors’ loss to the Hornets

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — With Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell joining Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney on the growing injury report, the Warriors entered Saturday’s 93-87 loss to the Charlotte Hornets without a single healthy player who logged minutes in last season’s playoff run.And yet, a mostly anonymous roster gave fans donning Curry, Thompson and Green jerseys something to cheer about — the first close game at Chase Center.Injuries have depleted the Warriors roster beyond …last_img read more

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Virgin Australia wins major awards

first_imgVirgin Australia has taken out two major passenger awards in AirlineRatings.com 2015 Airline Excellence Awards.AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, celebrates and promotes excellence in the airline industry and the awards are a pinnacle of these efforts.The website is visited by millions of passengers from 232 countries and its safety rating system is endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.The AirlineRatings.com editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, awarded Virgin Australia Best New World Carrier and Best Cabin Crew.A new award for AirlineRatings.com the Best New World Carrier acknowledges airlines that are making game changing initiatives to redefine travel to meet rapidly changing passenger expectations.The inaugural winner Virgin Australia has redefined what an airline can achieve by morphing from Virgin Blue, Australia’s low fare pioneer, into an airline that blends low cost efficiencies with a first class product. A true New World Carrier.“The airline has taken what really matters to passengers and given it a makeover and the result is spectacular,” said AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas. The airline’s domestic business class on its A330s is the world’s best and betters most international offerings.Another inaugural award Best Cabin Crew was another win for Virgin Australia. “The airline’s cabin crew treat every passenger whether in row 1 or 31 as a special guest,” said Mr Thomas. “Their commitment to their passengers is outstanding and is a benchmark of what cabin service should be.”To read about a special Virgin Australia delivery flight click here.last_img read more

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5 Women Tech Leaders Who Will Own the 2020s

first_imgRelated Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Sheryl Sandberg, Ginni Rommetty, and Susan Wojcicki — who help lead Facebook, IBM, and YouTube, respectively — are names every American should know. The reality? Not even one in 25 does. When LivePerson asked American adults to name a famous female tech executive, just 4% were able to. In contrast, 57% could name a male leader like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, or Mark Zuckerberg. Even though they hold similar roles at similarly powerful companies, America’s top women in tech struggle for the same amount of attention. The result is that few consumers know the names responsible for their changing world. It’s a good bet that a similarly small number know the women shaping the tech sector. In the industry’s struggle for equality, that has to change. As 2020 approaches, the following up-and-coming women tech leaders are worth knowing:1. Tracey GraceAs industry salaries soar past six figures, more and more organizations will realize they can’t afford to hire pre-trained high-tech professionals. In the 2020s, expect enterprises, nonprofits, and government entities to turn to organizations like IBEX IT Business Experts, where Grace serves as president and CEO, for technical education. To attract diverse, development-minded talent, innovative companies will use a combination of on-the-job and specialized tech training. Grace knows the value of experiential training firsthand. Unlike many leaders on this list, Grace didn’t rely on a computer science background to break into tech. After getting her MBA at the University of Pittsburgh, Grace held a range of sales management and operations roles. There, she saw how in-demand technical skills were, leading her to found IBEX. Thanks to her work with NASA, the Department of Defense, and Amazon, Grace has earned Capital One’s Catapult Award and been nominated for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year. 2. Anne WojcickiThe sister of YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki, Anne is co-founder and CEO of 23andMe. Although the personal genomics and biotech company has been around since 2006, its 2020-2030 prospects look particularly bright for two reasons: personalized medicine and travel partnerships. 23andMe is partnering with Airbnb at a time when adventure travel is considered the fastest-growing global niche; it’s also signaled its interest in drug development at a time when the industry is betting big on individualized medicine. Like Grace, Anne took a different route to the tech sector: After working as a healthcare analyst for various financial firms, Anne became disenchanted with the ways of Wall Street. Although her initial plan was to pursue a career in medicine, Anne decided to do biological research instead. Since founding 23andMe, she’s been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and helped define Silicon Valley’s Breakthrough Prize.3. Selina TobaccowalaHealth and wellness are hot topics with Millennials, in particular, and the Gixo co-founder knows it. In contrast to Wojcicki, however, Tobaccowala started in a pure tech company and expanded her role beyond tech over the course of her career. After working as an engineering vice president at multiple invitations and ticketing companies, Tobaccowala saw an opportunity to serve up live fitness classes that users can join from home or on the go.A serial entrepreneur, Tobaccowala has been featured on the podcast “Masters of Scale” and named an Entrepreneurial Hero by the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Her bet for 2020 and beyond is corporate wellness, which is slated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.8% through 2026. 4. Julia Taylor CheekAnother co-founder at the intersection of tech, Cheek’s EverlyWell looks a lot like 23andMe in its early days. Founded in 2015, EverlyWell provides at-home test kits for everything from food sensitivities to thyroid function to Vitamin D deficiency and inflammation. Although personalized medicine is EverlyWell’s long game, it’s also making a smart short-term play: helping consumers avoid out-of-control healthcare costs.  Cheek claims she founded the company after being saddled with $2,000 in out-of-pocket expenses for tests she never received the results from. Cheek’s company now offers 35 tests that range in cost from $89 to $249. As a result, EverlyWell closed a $50 million round of funding this past April; as of this May, Cheek is a finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. 5. Loretta JonesHaving studied psychology at Brown University and served in marketing executive roles at six tech companies before joining Mixmax, Jones knows more than perhaps anyone else about why people buy tech products. In her current role, she’s helped to acquire more than 10,000 users — at a near-zero customer acquisition cost — earning her multiple interviews on tech startup podcast SaaStr. Email might not be the sexiest space in tech, but Jones knows the channel is growing by billions of messages per year. She also knows integrations and automation are key to Mixmax’s continued growth, which is part of the reason the email augmentation tool’s 2.0 version feature hooks into LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator. As long as Gmail remains the top email platform, Mixmax is unlikely to lose its lead. Whatever else the 2020s hold, it’s safe to assume these women will be a part of it. They may not be household names quite yet, but give it a decade: Americans won’t be able to ignore for much longer the many ways women in tech are changing our world. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Follow the Puck Tags:#successful women in tech#tech growth#technology#top leaders#top women leaders#women in tech#women leaders#women tech leaders What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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New turf at Palam Ground but Karnail Singh Stadium lags

first_imgAway from the limelight garnered by the Delhi team and its bastion, the Ferozeshah Kotla, lie two first-class grounds in the Capital that hardly attract attention for the right reasons.The Palam Ground, owned by the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), and the Karnail Singh Stadium, the home ground of the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), have for years been backwaters where cricketers have bemoaned the lack of facilities and competitive playing surfaces.And while the SSCB has woken up and started refurbishing its ground, the RSPB is lagging behind, despite a one-year Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ban for providing underprepared wickets.Palam, located near the Capital’s domestic airport, has been dug up and the whole square and outfield is being re-laid.”It has been more than 20 years since the ground has been in existence, and we decided to dig up the entire playing area and re-lay it,” SSCB secretary M Baladitya told Mail Today.”In addition, a new irrigation system for the outfield and square is also being put in place, while the pitches at the nets are also being re-done to bring them at par with the main square.”Asked why the refurbishment was being done during the monsoons, Baladitya said: “Actually, the digging process was completed before the rains, so that the growth of grass can be aided by the monsoon. By September, the grass will be mown, and then we will play some matches on it to help settle the wicket. It will also mean our boys get experience of playing on fiery wickets.”advertisementThere is also a plan to renovate the pavilion, since Baladitya says the BCCI is mulling handing one of the tour games on England’s winter tour of India to Palam.”We don’t need to do much about that; only some new partitions and better upholstery are needed in the dressing rooms and the toilets need to be renovated,” he said.The case of the Karnail Singh Stadium is not yet clear, though RSPB secretary Jhanjha Tripathi said the body also wanted a complete overhaul of the turf.”We do want to re-lay the square, but are still keeping our options open. Nothing has been finalised yet, though we will be reaching a decision within a week or 10 days,” she told Mail Today on Saturday.There is a joke among members of the Railways team that the wickets were last re-laid when the legendary Lala Amarnath, who died in 2000 at 89 years of age, was still an active first-class player in the 1960s.What isn’t a joke is that Karnail Singh Stadium is a venue opposition teams loathe to visit, owing to its extremely low bounce and propensity to turn into a dust bowl from the very first day of a match.In fact, the sanctions imposed on the ground came about owing to complaints about the pitch during Railways’ final two Ranji games last season, against Orissa and Saurashtra, with the latter’s coach Debu Mitra blasting the surface as being the “worst” he had ever seen in over four decades of playing and coaching.Railways skipper Sanjay Bangar is hopeful that by the time the ban is lifted in time for the 2013-14 season, the surface will be much better to play on.”It would be a very good thing for Railways cricket if done by experts. In the past it has been lacking professional preparation,” the former India allrounder said.There have been allegations that Railways have sometimes tailor- made pitches to suit their spinners led by former India player Murali Kartik, but Bangar rubbished them.”We have always wanted to play on sporting wickets. In fact, in the past couple of seasons, we have done better on quick pitches,” he said.For the coming season, the Railways’ home ground also hasn’t been decided. The RSPB owns grounds across the country, and the ones in Bhubaneswar and Varanasi are front-runners, according to RSPB sources.”We have a few options in mind, but nothing has been finalised as yet,” Tripathi said.shreyas. [email protected] mailtoday.inlast_img read more

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Hazard Makes Decision On Chelsea Future, Not Made It Public

first_imgLONDON — Eden Hazard says he has made a decision over his future and told Chelsea. The forward just isn’t making it public yet.Hazard has a season remaining on his contract and has been regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid.After Chelsea sealed third place in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at Leicester, Hazard said: “I have made my decision but it is not just about me.”Hazard said it was made a “couple of weeks ago.”When asked if his future will become clear after the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29, Hazard responded: “I think so. We have a final to play and then I will see.”The 28-year-old Belgium international wanted his future resolved earlier, explaining “that’s not happened. I’m still waiting like you are waiting and like the fans are waiting.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Business Highlights

first_img___Report: Moonves obstructed sexual misconduct investigationNEW YORK (AP) — An internal investigation of former CBS chief Les Moonves has turned up more evidence of sexual misconduct as well as lying and destruction of evidence, throwing into jeopardy his $120 million severance package.___Documents show Facebook used user data as competitive weaponInternal Facebook documents released by a U.K. parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways designed to keep its users in the dark. The document cache shows Facebook considered charging developers for data access and restricting others it considered a threat. The committee seized the documents from an app developer that sued Facebook over its policies.___Trump’s push for tariffs squeezes a weakening global economyNEW YORK (AP) — The global economy was already girding for a slowdown when a flurry of tweets by President Donald Trump about his love of tariffs sent a chill through financial markets. Trump’s rattling of the global economy came at a precarious moment, with the economic outlook for 2019 dimming and concerns about a potential recession — if not next year then soon thereafter — rising.___China promises action on US trade deal but gives no detailsBEIJING (AP) — There is still confusion about what President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, committed to when they met in Argentina, even though China has now promised to carry out a trade agreement with Washington. China’s Commerce Ministry said the two sides have a “clear timetable and road map” for talks, but gave no details. China has yet to confirm Trump’s claim that Beijing committed to cut auto tariffs and buy more American farm exports.___White House intensifies confusion and fear on US-China dealWASHINGTON (AP) — The disarray surrounding the China deal coincides with a global economy that faces other challenges: Britain is struggling to negotiate its exit from the European Union. Italy’s government is seeking to spend and borrow more, which could elevate interest rates and stifle growth.___Toyota US chief says car sales are close to bottoming outDETROIT (AP) — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have nearly bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs. U.S. CEO Jim Lentz tells the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 per cent of sales last month, and he thinks that’s close to the bottom. He says Toyota will remain in the market and should pick up sales as other companies get out of selling car models.___French unions join protests, piling new pressure on MacronPARIS (AP) — French trade unions and farmers are pledging to join nationwide demonstrations against French President Emmanuel Macron, as concessions by the government are failing to stem the momentum of the most violent protests France has seen in a decade. The “yellow vest” protests began over a plan to raise fuel taxes, after three weeks of violence protesters are demanding much more economic relief. The government on Tuesday suspended the new gas tax.___Hong Kong businessman guilty of bribery in African oil dealNEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury in Manhattan has convicted a Hong Kong businessman of bribing the presidents of Chad and Uganda to secure oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate. Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho was found guilty of seven of eight counts of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ho’s attorneys acknowledged he made the cash payments but insisted they were donations intended to foster goodwill.___The Associated Presslast_img read more

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